This has stumped me (ornamenta/forage connection)
I'm a landscape designer working on a project in Vermont. In deference to the huge influence of dairy farming in the state I wanted to include a perennial ornamental grass in one large planting bed (6' wide by about 60' long).
Here's the part that stumps me - I wanted to choose a grass that is also appropriate as a forage and or hay-producing plant.
Now, I don't want any of those farmers to invite their cows to my park, but I do want the ornamental garden to speak to the pragmatic agriculture of the state.
So for those of you who know their way around ornamental grasses more than I . . . do any of our ornamentals have a humble forage or hay history?
PS - As if that's not hard enough, I also want the grass to be anywhere from 18" to 36" tall. If it's too short it will just blend with the lawn and if it's too tall I'll have visibility problems.